|The Plow That Broke The Plains (by Pare Lorentz) - Pare Lorentz|
This is a record of land... of soil rather than people -- a story of the Great Plains; the 400,000,000 acres of wind-swept grass lands that spread up from the Texas panhandle to Canada... A high, treeless continent, without rivers, without streams... A country of high winds, and sun... and of little rain... By 1880 we had cleared the Indian, and with him, the buffalo, from the Great Plains, and established the last frontier.....
Keywords: great depression; great plains; Pare Lorentz
|The River by Pare Lorentz - Pare Lorentz|
This short Depression-era documentary describes the importance of the Mississippi River to the United States. It laments the environmental destruction committed in the name of progress, particularly farming and timber practices which cause massive erosion and result in vast amounts of top soil being washed down the river into the Gulf of Mexico. The film focuses especially on the impact this has had on impoverished farmers...
Keywords: Depression-era; documentary; New Deal; FDR; Farm Securities Administration; Pare Lorentz